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Master's Message

Henry L. Palmer Lodge #301 Free & Accepted Masons Wauwatosa, WI

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December's Message

Brethren and Friends of Palmer,

The year is fast coming to a close and Palmer Lodge is again looking forward to another dynamic and prosperous year. With the election of officers for 2012, I again find myself as Worshipful Master, and thank you again for your confidence and trust in my abilities to lead our Lodge in the ensuing year. This past year has been very rewarding for me personally, and the experience has taught me much about the operation of the Lodge and, more importantly, about the high caliber and exceptional level of dedication of the officers and members of Palmer Lodge. In looking back over the year, we have been very successful in attracting new members, conferring degrees, conducting our routine business and events, maintaining and improving our building, and celebrating our centennial anniversary. The striking aspect of these accomplishments is that our very solid line of officers, for the most part, is relatively new Master Masons. Succession is paramount in the longevity of any organization and these individuals would indicate that Palmer Lodge is developing a healthy succession base. Thus, in addition to our regular endeavors, we are making significant strides in securing a sound future for Palmer Lodge in particular, and Freemasonry overall. Well done Brethren!

With this said, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the elected and appointed officers for 2012: Senior Warden Steve Holmblad, Junior Warden Rodney Van Tassel, Secretary/Treasurer Jack Jones (his 30th year!), Chaplain Lee Wackman, Senior Deacon Richard Fischer, Junior Deacon Arthur Karos, Senior Steward Thomas Fischer, Junior Steward Walter Wooley, Tiler Dale Van Dyke and Trustees Richard Fischer and Dale Van Dyke. Again, congratulations and I look forward to another exciting year in working with you. Mark your calendars for our installation on Saturday, December 10th.

On October 16th Palmer Lodge initiated Br. Art Karos’ son Michael as our newest Entered Apprentice. The Degree was well attended by many visiting brethren from various lodges, and we congratulate Brother Michael Karos and welcome him into our Masonic family. Palmer Lodge will also be conferring the Entered Apprentice Degree on December 2nd for two more candidates so mark your calendars.

For those that missed the dramatic reading of “Defense of the Ruffians” on October 22nd it was an awesome presentation. The response from those attending was very favorable and well received. On behalf of myself and Palmer Lodge I would like to commend Bros. Pat Cholka, PM, and Jack Jones, PM, for their preparation efforts and excellent dramatic performance(s), and Br. Dale Van Dyke for his outstanding role in leading the post production discussion.

I would also like to announce a new tenant at the Northwest Masonic Center. Milwaukee Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 261 will begin meeting at our facility on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Milwaukee Harmony is a very active Lodge made up of a wonderful group of brethren, and will certainly enhance the vitality of the Northwest Masonic Center. We extend a warm and gracious welcome to these brethren, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

In closing, the officers and members of Henry L. Palmer Lodge, would like to wish you all a JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON and A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be safe and enjoy…

See you in Lodge!


John F. Wackman, WM